Delight at the Nut Tree

A ‘Thirty-Wonderful’ Jubilee Experience

Breezy, but temperate weather greeted hundreds of revelers who gathered at the Harbison Event Center at the Nut Tree for the 31st annual Solano Wine & Food Jubilee on Saturday, May 19.

It was a packed experience from corner to corner of the venue, as more than 2,000 ticketholders wandered among 100 food, wine and brew vendors, perused hundreds of items in a silent auction, and were entertained by DJ Chase Me, the Vino Banditos and dance band The Time Bandits.

VIPs were also invited to experience not one but three exclusive venues, each with a different theme, in a new twist planned by the committee.

From tacos to miso-infused shrimp, from IPAs and pale ales to award-winning burgundies, Jubilee guests were treated to it all.

It was made possible by generous sponsors and a host of hard-working volunteers, noted Craig Bryan, Jubilee committee chair.

“We are very grateful for the support of our presenting sponsors — Al and Patt Shaw, Dr. Lee and Valerie Freeman, Wise Auto Group, Dennis and Alex Landis, Heidi Y. Campini, Paradise Valley Estates, DPR Construction and Western Health Advantage,” Bryan noted. “With their support, and that of our many other sponsors and donors, as well as our volunteers, we can say this year’s event was another resounding success.”

The silent auction returned in force this year, as more than $35,000 was raised, including more than $4,100 from the 11 gift baskets created by members of NorthBay Healthcare departments.

The evening’s second phase began when the tasting and sipping portion ended, as the crowd moved over to the Nut Tree Plaza to hear who had won the grand prize in the Jubilee raffle, as well as cash prizes. Following that, the crowd began dancing to The Time Bandits, and took rides on the Nut Tree carousel and Nut Tree train.

The raffle’s grand prize went to Terryl Buntrock, who was traveling out of the country at the time of the Jubilee but called in her order for three raffle tickets just before the event. Terryl choose a Mazda3 Hatchback, donated by Rami Yanni of The Wise Auto Group.

More than 20 ticketholders were winners in the Jubilee cash raffle. Winning $125 were Tom Byrd, Becky Gardiner, Jerry Wilkerson, Jake Adair, David McKenzie, Ed Bowen, Art DeNio, Nina Humphrey, Ed Rapisarda, Lee Fuller, Doreen Torres and Charles Dimmick.

Winning $500 were Laurie Hauser, Brian Lynch, James Barnes, Kristen Pucher, Curtis Hunt, Craig Bryan, Harriet Murphy Stanley, Bill Jankowski, Christl Wakeland and Rory Hansen.

Gwen Runnels took home $1,000 and $2,500 went to Allison Barnes.

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